Bergan Report

By: News Release
Mar 1st, 2019

Representatives Michael Bergan of Winneshiek and Stan Gustafson of Madison during committee on 2-27-19  

February 28, 2019

Greetings from the State House,

This week we are preparing for next week’s first funnel deadline as the pace picks up even more.  Policy bills must be approved by committee by March 8 to move on for consideration by the House.

Earlier this week the Health and Human Services Sub-appropriation committee traveled to the Jessie Parker Building, home of Iowa Department of Aging. We had presentations on the following:

  • Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

  • 5-2-1-0 Program

  • Department on Aging Director Linda Miller

It was very informative with highlights of innovative projects, I look forward to more follow-up with these groups.

The House continued this week with African-American History Celebration Month including presentations from Rep. Ashley Hinson of Linn involving the cultural contributions from musician B.B. King. She spoke about how his music inspired American culture across the spectrum of humanity. Also, we had a presentation by Rep. Ann Meyer of Webster involving the Iowa contributions of Charlene Washington from Fort Dodge in how she fought for educational and civil rights of students to get a quality education in the newly integrated Fort Dodge school in 1977. She successfully worked to have five African-American teachers hired by the school district.

I successfully brought HSB 184 through subcommittee with unanimous support. This bill dealt with an act relating to juvenile justice, including provisions relating to child foster care and parent visitation in child in need of assistance proceedings. The bill helps Iowa prepare for changes to implement the federal Family First Prevention Services Act.

The bill to extend the one cent sales tax to support school infrastructure, SAVE, has passed out of committee and is ready for floor debate.  An extension of SAVE demonstrates House Republican’s clear commitment to supporting Iowa’s schools. This is in addition to the $90 million in new funding that was signed into law earlier this session and the unprecedented flexibility that House Republicans have provided to local districts over the last several years.  House Republicans are making education a priority and have a proven track record of addressing the needs of our students and schools.

I’ve had constituent meetings with social work students and Prof. Susan Schmidt from Luther College; Dr. Wee, President of NICC; Farm Bureau members Ann Bushman and Erling Bilden; REC representatives from MiEnergy and Allamakee Clayton; Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital staff Julie Creery and Brian Vamstad; and David Rooney from Winneshiek Medical Center.  Student groups were at the Capitol from Central-Elkader, MFL Mar-Mac, and North Fayette-Valley on Thursday. It is always great for the students to see their Capitol when we are in session. It is a challenge for them to spend enough time in the building with the travel that is required from Northeast Iowa.

Very truly yours,


Representative Michael Bergan

House District 55, portions of Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties

K-12 School Counselor Alyssa Cobie-Nuss and Central students Abby Cummer and Maci Kluesner with Representative Michael Bergan

5C Coalition and MFL MarMac SODA group visiting with Representatives Anne Osmundson and Michael Bergan